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Aloysius Kieran Ziegler

An inventory of Aloysius Kieran Ziegler Papers at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Aloysius Kieran Ziegler, August 26, 1895-July 13, 1979
Title: Aloysius Kieran Ziegler Papers
Dates: 1916-1975
Extent: 4.5 linear feet; 10 boxes
Abstract: The Aloysius Kieran Ziegler Papers contain personal correspondence as well as correspondence and files from his career in the History Department at CUA, as well as student papers and exams. There is also correspondence from his time at the Greek and Latin Department as well. His papers also contain personal historical research and Latin Research. Also, there is correspondence and reports from his time as Chaplain and Moderator for the National Federation of Catholic College Students. Lastly, there are personal photos and publications he collected.
Collection Number: 87
Language: English

Biographical Note

The Reverend Monsignor Aloysius Kieran Ziegler was born on August 26, 1895 in Milwaukee Wisconsin to a devout German Catholic family. Ziegler had an extensive education that began with his studies at St. Francis Seminary where he was ordained to the priesthood for the Milwaukee diocese; he earned his bachelors in 1919. After being ordained Ziegler taught at the seminary and earned his Masters at the University of Wisconsin in 1925 and continued his studies at the Catholic University of America where he earned his STB in 1927; STL in 1928; and his STD in 1930. He also spent four years conducting post-doctoral studies in France at the Ecole Nationale des Chartes where he earned a degree in Archiviste-Paleographe in 1934; which followed with his appointment that year as an instructor in the Greek and Latin and History Departments.

In 1938 he was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1938, Associate Professor in 1940, and Ordinary Professor in 1960. Ziegler was also Head of the History Department from 1941-1961 and was Associate editor for the Catholic Historical Review, 1936-1957. Ziegler retired from the CUA faculty in 1966 but remained Dean of the Catholic Sisters College until 1968. He also remained as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Greek and Latin, until 1977. The unique aspect of Monsignor Ziegler is the fact that he was a renowned scholar in Medieval History as well as Latin, and was known for his patient and prudent work as a director of dissertation research and his reviews and editorial work.

Monsignor Ziegler was also well known as a man deeply devoted to his priestly duties. This was seen with his work as Chaplain for Trinity College and as Chaplain and Moderator of the National Federation of Catholic College Students, NFCCS. Pope John XXIII elevated him to the rank of Domestic Prelate in 1959 for his extensive work. Monsignor Ziegler's health declined rapidly during the last two years of his life forcing him to move into St. Anne's Home for the Elderly in Milwaukee in 1977, where he died on July 13, 1979 at the age of 83. Overall, Monsignor Ziegler will be remembered as a gifted scholar, administrator, and priest.

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Scope and Contents

The Aloysius Kieran Ziegler Papers consists of seven series that is divided into ten boxes. The first series contains Ziegler's personal correspondence and personal papers. This includes correspondence with fellow academics, relatives, and religious. Also, included in this series are Ziegler's personal financial records and prayer cards for deceased friends and family. The second series is correspondence from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Catholic University. Most of this correspondence concerns students of Ziegler's and administrative correspondence.

The third series is History Department correspondence. Most of this correspondence is administrative but includes correspondence with different historical societies and organizations that Ziegler belonged to or had a working relationship with through the department. There is also correspondence with faculty members within the department as well as administration such as the Rector's Office and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The fourth series are a collection of the best student papers and copies of exams. These student papers and exams are from undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students within the history department.

The fifth series of this collection is research that Ziegler had conducted through the years; most of this research is handwritten on note cards or half sheets of paper. Most of this research is on Medieval French Church manuscripts as well as Latin translation research on the Vulgate Bible. The Sixth series of this collection contains all correspondences and reports from Ziegler's time as Chaplain and Regional Moderator for the National Federation of Catholic College Students. The last series are publications that Ziegler collected over the years. Many of the publications that Ziegler collected were newspaper clippings of news within the American Catholic Church from the 1920s-1960s. There are also booklets and pamphlets from the NCWC on education and American Civics. Another part of the publications collected were book reviews of colleagues. Lastly, there are personal photos and postcards as well that Ziegler collected. Overall, the Aloysius Kieran Ziegler Papers is a collection of his personal papers as a historian, Latin Scholar, and administrator.

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Arrangement

Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1916-1975, Box 1

Series 2: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Files/Catholic Encyclopedia Notes, 1929-1961, Box 1

Series 3: History Department Correspondence, 1932-1969, Boxes 1-2

Series 4: Student Papers and Examinations, 1923-1942, Box 3

Series 5: Research Notes, 1924-1952, Boxes 3-4

Series 6: National Federation of Catholic College Student Files, 1946-1955, Boxes 5-9

Series 7: Publications and Photos, 1929-1968, Boxes 9-10


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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Originally donated to Catholic University by Ziegler through the Rare Books Department with his personal library donation in 1977. Zielger's personal papers were donated to the Catholic University Archives on March 27, 1981 by the Rare Books Department.

Processing Information

Processing completed in 2012 by Raymond Moore. EAD markup completed in 2012 by Raymond Moore.

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Related Material

John Tracy Ellis Papers

Charles Hallan McCarthy Papers

National Federation Catholic College Students Moderator

Richard Joseph Purcell Papers

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Aloysius Kieran Ziegler

Organizations:
National Catholic College Students

Places:
Washington, D.C.

Subjects:
History


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Bibliography

Obituary Letter from July 17, 1979 by C. Joseph Nuesse

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1916-1975 (1 Box)
This series contains Ziegler's personal correspondence with various academics, friends, and religious. This series also contains financial records of Ziegler's and personal newspaper clippings from family members. There are also prayer cards from different relatives and friends that have passed away.
Box Folder
1 1 Personal Bills and Prayer Card, 1916-1969
        Includes a prayer card from St. Ann's Seminary in Milwaukee
  2 Tax Return Files, 1970
  3 Personal Correspondence, 1975
        Correspondence with Merrill Lynch firm
  4 Financial Files, 1968-1975
        Financial records; includes utility bills, medical, health, and life insurance bills
  5 Personal Correspondence, 1930-1934
        hand written
  6 Personal Correspondence, 1939-1952
        Handwritten and typed correspondence with various academics
  7 Personal Correspondence, 1936-1949
        Seminary correspondence
  8 Personal Correspondence, 1944-1969
        Includes correspondence with insurance company
  9 Personal Correspondence, 1948
        With Civil Service Commission
  10 Personal Letters, 1947-1970
        Includes French correspondence
                       
Series 2: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Files/Catholic Encyclopedia Notes, 1929-1961 (1 Box)
This series contains administrative correspondence with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at CUA. This includes academic notes and notes from Ziegler's time as Associate Editor of the Catholic Encyclopedia. These academic notes are notes taken for Graduate courses that Ziegler taught, and research notes with students of his.
Box Folder
1 11 Graduate School Resolutions, 1937-1938
        Resolutions that Ziegler proposed and voted on in the Graduate program.
  12 The Catholic Encyclopedia Notes, 1960
  13 Academic Notes, 1929-1960
  14 Academic Notes, 1933-1960
        Includes correspondence from when Ziegler was a Graduate Student.
  15 Catholic Encyclopedia Notes, 1960-1961
                       
Series 3: History Department Correspondence, 1932-1969 (2 Boxes)
This series is correspondence relating to Ziegler's years as a member of the History Department's faculty at CUA. Most of the correspondence is administrative from his tenure as chair of the department from 1941-1961. There is also correspondence with other faculty members and CUA administration such as the Rector's office. Lastly, there is correspondence with different organizations that had a working relationship with the History department.
Box Folder
1 16 History Department Correspondence, 1947-1951
        This is general administrative correspondence between department faculty members
Box Folder
2 1 History Department Correspondence, 1939-1969
        Correspondence with other academics outside CUA
  2 Teaching Correspondence, 1932-1955
        Correspondence with individual students within the department
  3 CUA Correspondence, 1941-1946
        Correspondence with CUA administration such as the Rector's office and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  4 Societal Correspondence, 1943-1944
        Correspondence with different organizations that had a working relationship with the history department such as the Knights of Columbus and the NCWC Education Department.
  5 Cassidy Correspondence, 1956
        Correspondence with Dr. Francis Cassidy and Vice Rector Msgr. McDonald concerning Dr. Cassidy.
  6 Faculty Correspondence, 1942-1948
        Also extensive correspondence with Dr. Purcell
  7 History Department, 1931-1933
        Correspondence relating to content discussed on the Catholic Hour, with other Canon Lawyers and Canon Law academics.
  8 Student Letters, 1941-1948
        Letters addressed to Ziegler's students and their replies
  9 General Correspondence, 1941-1944
        History Department correspondence, varied
                       
Series 4: Student Papers and Examinations, 1923-1942 (1 Box)
This is a collection of student papers that Ziegler believed were exceptional in the undergraduate and graduate courses he taught. There are also copies of different examinations he gave through the years in his classes.
Box Folder
3 1 Greek Civilization Notes, 1923-1924
        Typed lecture notes
  2 The Women in the Wilderness, n.d
        A student essay about German nuns during the Middle Ages
  3 Carolingian Essays, n.d
        Several examples of Charlemagne essays written for Ziegler's class
  4 Ecole Nationale Paper, n.d
  5 Sacred Theology Essay, 1923
        handwritten
  6 Graduate-Undergraduate Examinations, 1942
        Copies of exams from Ziegler's courses
                       
Series 5: Research Notes, 1924-1952 (2 Boxes)
This series contains Ziegler's research notes for lectures, articles, and general historical research that he conducted during his career. Many of his notes are from his years earning his graduate degree and his doctorate. Also, some of the notes are Latin research that he conducted on the Vulgate bible. The rest of his research is historical research pertaining to the French Church during the Middle Ages.
Box Folder
3 7 Research Notes, n.d
        These are all handwritten half sheet/note cards of notes that Ziegler made
  8 Research Notes, 1930-1963
        Various Medieval history notes, handwritten and typed
  9 Epistola Honorii Research Notes, 1947
        Also included is a draft of an article Ziegler wrote on this subject
  10 Bibliography Notes, 1924
        All notes on Ziegler's sources include note cards and a typed list of general sources used in his graduate research.
  11 Medieval Latin Notes, n.d
        Handwritten and typed translations
  12 Research Notes, 1952
        General research notes that are handwritten and typed, Medieval French history
Box Folder
4 1 Epistola Research, n.d
        Liturgical Latin notes
  2 Epistola Research, n.d
        Liturgical Latin notes
  3 Research on the Vulgate Bible, n.d
        Research on the Latin translations of the Vulgate Bible
  4 Research on the Vulgate Bible, n.d
        Research on the Latin translations of the Vulgate Bible
  5 Canon Law History, 1929
        Outline to an article written by Ziegler
  6 Charlemagne Research, n.d
        Handwritten notes
  7 Medieval Latin Literature Research, n.d
        Handwritten analytical notes
  8 Bede Research/Essay, n.d
  9 Bonaventure Research, n.d
  10 Medieval Literature Research, 1940
        Handwritten and typed notes
  11 Medieval French History Notes, n.d
        Handwritten notes
                       
Series 6: National Federation of Catholic College Student Files, 1946-1955 (5 Boxes)
This series contains all correspondence, reports, and general files from the National Federation of Catholic College Students (NFCCS). Ziegler served as both chaplain and regional moderator for the organization. Most of these files are his personal correspondence and reports concerning his position within the NFCCS. There are also some general files from the organization such as organizational newsletters and newspapers.
Box Folder
5 1 NFCCS National Youth Travel Office, 1954
        Includes general files on this department, mainly instructional
  2 Handbooks, Pamphlets, and Minutes, 1953
        Minutes are from regional meetings
  3 NFCCS Newspapers, 1949-1955
  4 International Briefs, 1946-1956
        News on world affairs and positions from the NFCCS on these world issues
  5 Joint Committee for Student Action Newsletter, 1947-1949
Box Folder
6 1 National Liturgy Commission, 1951-1955
        General correspondence and resolutions
  2 Student News Service, 1950
  3 8th Annual National Congress, 1951
        Includes minutes and resolutions
  4 NFCCS "Forum" Newsletter , 1944-1949
        Selected copies of the newsletter
  5 6th Annual Congress, 1949
        General minutes and resolutions
  6 7th Annual Congress, 1950
        General minutes and resolutions
  7 National Mariology Commission, 1949-1955
        Commission chaired by Ziegler
  8 Baltimore-Washington Liturgy Commission, 1949-1956
        Correspondence with the NFCCS concerning this commission and resolutions passed by the commission.
  9 11th National Congress, 1954
        Includes minutes and resolutions
Box Folder
7 1 General NFCCS Correspondence, 1952
  2 9th National Congress, 1952
        Includes minutes and resolutions
  3 10th National Congress, 1953
        Includes minutes and resolutions
  4 NFCCS Moderators Minutes, 1948
        From national meeting of moderators
  5 Report on International Student Congress, 1946
  6 Miscellaneous Reports and Papers, 1949-1950
        Mainly reports from the National Congress
  7 Student Relief Campaign, 1949
  8 NFCCS Miscellaneous Papers, 1950-1951
        Mainly reports from the National Congress
Box Folder
8 1 NFCCS General Reports, 1940-1949
        A small collection of various resolutions and policies passed by the NFCCS
  2 NFCCS Reports, 1954
        Liturgical reports
  3 NFCCS Correspondence, 1947-1953
        Ziegler correspondence with other Moderators and members of NFCCS
Box Folder
9 1 NFCCS Correspondence, 1945-1950
        General Chaplain and Moderator correspondence
  2 Ziegler NFCCS Correspondence, 1950-1951
  3 NFCCS Regional Correspondence, 1947-1949
  4 NFCCS Regional Correspondence, 1949-1950
  5 5th National Congress, 1948
        General minutes, resolutions, and correspondence concerning the congress
                       
Series 7: Publications and Photos, 1929-1968 (2 Boxes)
This series is a collection of publications and personal photos. The personal photos were taken around the 1920's with Ziegler's family and his travels to France. The publications include academic journals on Medieval history, book reviews, and academic journal articles on religious matters. Ziegler also collected clippings from various newspapers and magazines on religious issues and Church related news.
Box Folder
9 6 Clippings, 1941-1960
        Clippings from St. John's
  7 Clippings, 1929-1956
        Newspaper clippings on religious news such as a prayer service in congress
  8 Booklets, 1935-1943
        Academic booklets on theology
  9 Publications, 1947-1948
        Includes a Latin manuscript copy of Biblioteche Nationale
  10 Publications, 1929-1956
        Booklets on Catholic education techniques
Box Folder
10 1 Miscellaneous Pamphlets and Booklets, 1946-1950
        Fourteen booklets on Catholic morals and civic duties
  2 Miscellaneous Pamphlets and Booklets, 1946-1956
        Publications from the Catholic Intercontinental Press, concerning world issues such as the spread of Communism.
  3 Miscellaneous Student Pamphlets, 1942-1952
        Student related newsletters
  4 Miscellaneous Booklets and Reports, 1953
        Booklets on Liturgical issues and Historical academic journals, including one in German.
  5 Personal Photos and Postcards, c.a. 1920's
        Personal photos taken of Ziegler and his family, as well as his trip abroad to France. Also included are postcards he collected in France.
  6 Postcards, n.d
        Unwritten postcards that Ziegler collected during his trip to France
  7 Postcards, 1931
        Unwritten postcards that Ziegler collected during his trip to France as well as a personal Latin daily prayer book.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1916-1975

Series 2: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Files/Catholic Encyclopedia Notes, 1929-1961

Series 3: History Department Correspondence, 1932-1969

Series 4: Student Papers and Examinations, 1923-1942

Series 5: Research Notes, 1924-1952

Series 6: National Federation of Catholic College Student Files, 1946-1955

Series 7: Publications and Photos, 1929-1968

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